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source for solar information.

   

"FREE" SOLAR

Solar panels allow you to generate clean energy and can save you money. However, purchasing a solar system, or signing a 20 year lease for solar panels, is like buying a car—you need to do your homework, check prices from several sources, and think carefully about how your needs will be met by the choices you are considering. As you would with any sales pitch, watch out for red flags! Visit the Consumer Protection section for more information about red flags, myths surrounding solar, questions to ask a potential contractor, and other consumer tools.

 

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Costs vary based on installation size and installer. South Carolinians with sufficient tax liability can use federal and state tax credits to reduce the cost of purchasing and installing a solar electric system. Some utilities also offer incentives. LEARN MORE

COSTS & INCENTIVES



CHOOSING A SYSTEM

Your home’s power requirements, roof type, and solar resource will determine system type and size. LEARN MORE
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PHOTOS

RESOURCES

Before purchasing a solar electric system, homeowners need to be aware of issues that affect system installation and maintenance. LEARN MORE

INSTALLATION & MAINTENANCE



HOW SOLAR WORKS

Solar Electric Panels capture light from the sun and convert it to clean power. Solar panels (often called modules) are made by combining many solar cells together. When solar panels are strung together in series and combined with other components, they become a solar electric system or solar array. A solar electric system can meet part or all of a home’s electricity needs. LEARN MORE

Costs & Incentives
Financing
Incentives
Net Metering
Red Flags for Solar Scams
Choosing a System
Purchasing Solar
Solar Leasing
Community Solar
Installation and Maintenance
Choosing an Installer or Contractor
Questions to ask a solar installer
What should my solar bid include?
How Solar Works
Types of Solar Panels
Types of Solar Electric Systems
Resources
Solar Legislation
Reports and Publications
Training Programs
Solar Related Terms
Local Government Resources
Solar Press

Solar Photos

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